Y’all, I’m exhausted. I am mentally and physically exhausted. School started back last week and I’s getting a bit overwhelmed. That being said I haven’t been doing much reading. Okay, I haven’t been doing any reading. So, I decided to change it up a bit and do a Top Ten Tuesday.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
- This book was something that struck a cord with me. It truly had a lasting impression. This was the first book I read to do a literary analysis and I could not ask for a better read. To this day it remains one of my favorite books of all time.
2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- I read this book in 7th grade. In middle school I enjoyed reading, but I wasn’t crazy about it. That all changed when I read this book. I was hooked from the start. I am so excited that I get to read this book again with my 7th grade students.
3. Flowers by Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- This was another middle school read. The character development in this story is beautiful. The story itself is gripping and breathtaking. I had to include it on this list.
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Okay, full disclosure I was not in love with HP when I first read it. I was in 2nd grade and it was assigned for my gifted class. I tried to fight against it but to no avail. I ended up loving the entire series. It is now a cornerstone to my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle:
- I’ve always been a sci-fi and fantasy fan. The world crafted by L’Engle in this book is crazy and intriguing. I also remember really relating to the main character. I think that was what 10 year old me really needed when it came to reading.
6. 1984 by George Orwell:
- How could this book not make my list? This dystopian novel set the tone for a great deal of my reading as a teen. The plot and the similarities/differences between our current culture really got to me. I was creeped out and I loved it.
7. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Honestly, going through high school I thought I would hate Dickens. Then came 10th grade. I was assigned this novel and I fell in love. I think this was a combination of a love of a well crafted story combined with the amazing teacher. Either way, I fell in love with Dickens with this book and that makes me immensely happy.
8. Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Yep, it’s another George Orwell book. Teenage me devoured this book. I loved the heavy handed allusions and metaphors throughout this book. I read it at a time that I started to really pay attention to politics and the world around me so that definitely made me enjoy it even more.
9. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
- I adore Arthur Miller. The characters in his plays just seem to jump right off the page. Not only that but they feel authentic. They are never caricatures. By reading The Crucible I gained a new appreciation for plays and playwrights as whole.
10. Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
- I read this book in 8th grade. It was my first foray into a suspense driven sci-fi novel. I loved the aspect of an extraterrestrial virus taking over a future version of the United States. It was unlike anything I had read before and it had me on the edge of my seat.